County voters to decide key courthouse positions Tuesday
In a matter of days, political parties throughout Missouri and the nation will select their candidates for the November General Election. But in Clinton County, the August election will carry much more weight.
With just one Democrat candidate for local office, most of Clinton County’s open offices will be decided on the Republican ticket. Of the six positions up for grabs, five will be decided by the Grand Old Party on Tuesday, August 4, and none of the six will go to contest in November.
Just two of the races will be contested on Tuesday. Incumbent Clinton County Sheriff Larry Fish will see opposition in the form of Pete Oulman, while incumbent assessor Cindy McClelland Carter is being challenged by Wade Wilken, Jr., the county’s former presiding commissioner.
Three offices are uncontested. Neither First District Commissioner Gary McCrea nor longtime Second District Commissioner Larry King filed for reelection, leaving the two seats up to new leadership. Republican candidates Jay Bettis (First District) and Richard Riddell (Second District) will be on Tuesday’s ballot without competition, and with no Democrat challengers in November, both men appear destined for the courthouse.
Another uncontested office that’ll be decided on the Republican ticket is that of coroner, as Lee Hanks is again running unopposed.
With King exiting office, the last Democrat in Clinton County offices at the end of this cycle will be Nancy (Stalder) Wingate, the incumbent public administrator who is running unopposed.
At the state level, Clinton County will also hold the keys to the Missouri Eighth District State Representative race. Once again, the seat will be decided on the Republican ticket, as no Democrats filed for the office. And the spot is sure to see a new representative, as Dr. Jim Neely – the incumbent – is term limited and not on the ballot.
Tuesday’s election will pit long-time public servant Randy Railsback, of Hamilton, current Clinton County Clerk David Woody, former Cameron Mayor Darlene Breckenridge and political newcomer Gary Stroud against each other with a trip to Jefferson City on the line.
Missouri’s Eighth District includes all of Clinton and Caldwell Counties with portions of Clay and Ray Counties.
Clinton County will also have its eyes on the gubernatorial race next week, as former Eighth District State Representative Dr. Jim Neely, of Cameron, is a candidate for the Republican nomination. He’ll face stiff competition, as current governor, Republican Mike Parson – who was appointed to the position after the resignation of Eric Greitens – is seeking his first election to the office. Sandra McDowell and Raleigh Ritter are also seeking the Republican nomination.
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Ellis Dockray resigns as Circuit Clerk and Recorder
Clinton County will soon have a new circuit clerk.
Clinton County Circuit Clerk Ellis Dockray announced on Saturday, July 18, that he will be stepping down from the position – which also carries with it the position and title of Recorder of Deeds – on Thursday, July 30.
Until then, Dockray will be on administrative leave. 43rd Judicial Circuit Judge Brent Elliott has appointed Angela Stone to serve as the interim clerk until Missouri Governor Mike Parson makes a permanent appointment to the office.
In announcing his resignation, Dockray said events both professionally and personally in the last six months led him to the decision, which wasn’t easy to make.
“For the success of the office, I believe this was the wisest decision,” Dockray said in a Facebook video. “I trust every single one of the deputy clerks who has worked underneath me for the last year and a half. They will do a fantastic job. And the men who will make the decision of my replacement are good and confident and wise men. And they will make the best decision.”
Dockray said serving the public as circuit clerk has been one of the greatest honors of his life and he has considered the journey a blessing.
Dockray was elected the Clinton County Circuit Clerk and Recorder of Deeds in 2018 as a Republican, taking office in 2019. His term was set to run through 2020.
Lawn Party for the Centennial Court
A lawn party was given by Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Courtney in honor of the Centennial Court on Sunday July 19 from 7:30 to 9:30.
The 1870 atmosphere was carried out completely with the honored guests and their escorts arriving at the lawn party in their centennial attire. Mr. and Mrs. Courtney and Mr. and Mrs. Ron Murawski welcomed each girl and her escort as they escaped reality to see what an old fashioned lawn party was like. The highlight of the event was the dancing of the Virginia Reel.
Mrs. Courtney and Mrs. Murawski attended the serving table which was accented in green and white and topped by individual cake servings bearing the centennial dates – 1870-1970.
Those attending the party were; Miss Barb Matney and Mitchell Peppers, Miss Elaine Harris and Larry Rose, Miss Diana Brinton and Rich Ernsberger, Miss Leanna Hyatt and Keith Williams, Miss Janell Harrington and Darryl Walters, Miss Susan Pack and Vernon Pike, Miss Barb Johnson and Rick Temple, Miss Jean Ann Williams and Rick Pack, Miss Marilyn Crouse and Jim Hawk, Miss Marianne Ingle and Craig Bottorff, Miss Betty Horn and Terry Musser, Miss Lona Thornton and Gary Jackson, Miss Donna Everett and Gary Helberg, Miss Irene Shanks and Dan Price, Miss Beth Rowland and John Hixson, Miss Sheri Grooms and David Kerns, Miss Kathy Bowers and Brint Connett, Miss Regina West and Larry Grier, Miss Jennifer Snyder, Miss Debi Lawson, Miss Jan West and Miss Kathy Tanner.
Each girls and her escort were presented a small memory of the event by Mr. and Mar. Courtney as they left the lawn party.
UNDEFEATED T-BALL TEAM...Plattsburg II finished their season with a 8-0-2 overall record. Pictured front row, left to right are, Beth Witt, Shannon Layton, Dawn Grayson, Erica Carter, Laura Murphy, Angela Grayson.
Second row, Onica Blanton, Carrie Jacobs, Thersa Latier, Erin Rider, Colleen Finnegan. Back row, Linda Witt, head coach, Eric Carter, assistant coach, and Mary Busch, assistant coach.
Plattsburg T-Ball Finishes 8-0-2 Record
The Plattsburg II Girls T-Ball team have finished their season with a 8-0-2 record.
The girls started their season with a 32-30 win over Gower. They continued with wins against Plattsburg I, Lathrop I & II, Lawson II and Platte City I & II. They tied games with Lawson I and Gower. In T-Ball ties are not played off.
What made this team really outstanding was that only two girls were returning players. The girls were Thresa Latier whose position was pitcher and Beth Witt who was catcher. Both girls played great ball with Thresa having a home run against Lathrop and Beth keeping home safe and stopping several runs.
Playing infield positions were Erin Rider who played 1st base and caught several balls as short stop. 2nd base was Shannon Layton. Both of these girls made several outs at these positions.
Playing short stop was Carrie Jacobs and on 3rd base was Onica Blanton. Carrie caught several outs and Onica also has a home run against Lathrop.
Playing rover was Dawn Grayson. Dawn kept the hole between pitcher and 1st safe, making several outs also.
In the outfield was Angela Grayson who played right field and did an excellent job backing 1st base, in center field was Laura Murphy and Erica Carter, both these girls took turns backing 2nd base and getting the balls from the outfield to home. In left field was Colleen Finnegan. Colleen got the ball home to stop several runs.
Helping the girls also cheering them on were Coach Linda Witt, Assistant Coach Mary Busch and helping keep things in order in the dugout was Eric Carter. Eric’s business, Carter’s Welding was our team sponsor.
These girls did a tremendous job playing ball and just having a great time.
The girls were honored with a picnic and trophies given by their parents.
They are now getting ready to play in the girls T-Ball tournament in Gower. The tournament will be at 6:30 p.m. the evenings of the 5th, 6th, and 7th of July. Everyone is welcome to come and cheer them on.
Attendees at the Gower City Council meeting Monday pledging allegiance to the United States flag, including honorary mayor, Kimberly Parker (center, with Mayor Chip Holman), who informed Holman during the Gower Days Festival that she’ll one day be the mayor of Gower. She is the daughter of Loren and Cassie Parker.
Mayor Chip Holman had help conducting the Gower City Council meeting on Monday, June 13.
Kinley Parker, daughter of Loren and Cassie Parker, was given the title of Gower Mayor for the day and assisted Mayor Holman in running the meeting.
During department reports, newly appointed Planning and Zoning Administrator Kenny Pike asked the mayor to appoint Douglas Plowman to the Gower Planning and Zoning Commission to bring the number back to seven members. The vacancy resulted when Paul Pottier was elected as an alderman in the June 2 municipal election.
Mr. Pike made the request of the mayor due to an upcoming zoning hearing on July 27. The hearing is scheduled to consider the rezoning of property owned by Stephanie and Lile Steinman north of the Harrington addition on the north side of town, where the Steinmans are proposing a senior living community.
Mr. Pottier questioned the need for the request, stating that the mayor and a member of the council appointed by the mayor are meant to sit on the zoning commission. This discussion took a large portion of the evening and was somewhat resolved when it was stated that this practice had not been followed for many years because the zoning commission makes recommendations to the city council, and it might be construed as a conflict of interest.
Mayor Holman stated he was delaying any appointment until he was able to get an opinion from City Attorney Joe Gagnon. Mr. Gagnon was not in attendance at this meeting.
Mr. Pike further stated that with this upcoming zoning hearing he needed a minimum of five commissioners present, with only six members currently serving on the board, one of which will be unable to attend.
According to Mr. Pike, the city has had an increase in building
Under old business, there was an inspection report on the condition of a house located at 106 S. Fourth Street. Next, the city attorney will review this report and make recommendations to the council as to the next steps the city can take.
According to Gower Police Chief Adam Hill, normally the next step would be for the city attorney or himself to send a letter to the property owner outlining the needed repairs and a time frame.
Under new business, the council approved the state’s conflict of interest policy, which is mandated every two years. It was approved 3-0 (Mike Krueger attended the meeting but arrived after the vote).
Other department reports were given by both Chief Hill and City Administrator Carroll Fisher, and centered around the Gower Days Festival.
According to Chief Hill, there was only one complaint during the festival and that resulted from a dog getting loose during the festival fireworks display. Otherwise, much in the community was pretty normal. He also stated that a part-time officer had been hired and would be working a couple days a week.
Mr. Fisher stated his staff was keeping up with work in spite of a recently hired part-time employee who left to accept a full-time position. Mr. Fisher stated he was considering not replacing the employee this year and saving some money.
Alderman Zach Craft, Parks Commissioner, thanked all those involved in making the Gower Days Festival a successful event. He specifically mentioned both Mayor Chip Holman and Pam Holman, as well as city employees and the police.
“We had a great festival, with 181 vehicles entering the car show. The Masonic Lodge raised $2,500 for Backpacks for Buddies and we have a meeting scheduled for Thursday to figure out what other dollars were raised for the park system,” said Alderman Craft.
With all business covered, honorary Gower Mayor Kinley Parker asked for a motion to adjourn. The next Gower City Council meeting is scheduled Monday, August 10.
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Gower Days Set to be Four Days of Summer Fun
Despite the pandemic, Gower’s biggest summer party will go on later this week at the Gower City Park.
The annual Gower Days festival will run from Thursday, July 9, through Sunday, July 12, and will have something for everybody.
The event will open on Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. with the Little Mr. and Miss Gower contest, along with princess and queen pageant. Carnival games will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that night, which will be capped off with a performance from Casi Joy, the Smithville-raised singer who was a member of Blake Shelton’s team on NBC’s The Voice in 2017, and who has shared the stage with the likes of Montgomery Gentry, Keith Urban, and more. There will be a chance to meet Joy at 9:30 p.m. after her performance.
The festival continues on Friday, July 10, with vendors and rides opening at 5 p.m. The opening ceremonies will be at 5:30 p.m. The baby show is at 6 p.m. followed by a performance by Snow Day Jam at 7 p.m. and Country Classics at 8 p.m. Attendees will be treated to a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
Saturday will begin early with a 5K walk and run beginning at 8 a.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m. at BulldogLand, Etc.). Vendors open at 9 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10 a.m. (line-up begins at 9:30 a.m. at EBHS). Rides open at 11 a.m. and the blind golf cart races will be on Railroad Avenue beginning at 11 a.m. (registration at Clear View Insurance).
Phil Vandel will perform at noon. The Gower Outhouse Races will be at 3 p.m., Gower Has Talent will go on at the same time, hosted by Teddy Dixson. The Missouri Rebels will take the stage at 4:30 p.m. followed by the Not So Newly Wed Game at 7:30 p.m. Blue Oyster Culture Club performs at 8 p.m.
Sunday will include the car show, with registration starting at 8 a.m. and running through 11 a.m. at the masonic lodge. The Cowboys for Christ Church Service is at 11 a.m. and the car show awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m.
Paul Conrad, Tracy Moore, Lloyd Smith, Dwight Haun, Joe Kipper and E.J. Harris were chosen from the Plattsburg Mustang Teams I and II for the Tri County All Star Team.
CHIEF WELLER TALKS SAFETY… This group of youngsters heard about bike and skateboard safety at the Summer Reading Program from Plattsburg Chief of Police Buddy Weller. After the presentation Weller answered questions from the young people then passed out literature advising of the proper operation of bikes, etc.
The undefeated Lathrop Stallions. Front Row (left to right) Chase Harrison, Tyger Marshall, Blake Vaughn, Chad Harrison, John Allison, Jake Goucher. Second row: Coach Scott Marshall, Josh Paxton, Drayven Sumpter, Jordan Smith, Tyler Gilliland, Coach Clint Sumpter, Zack Donelson, Coach Marty Schnatz. Not Pictured: Jonas Cassity and Coach Brett Adkison.